Innovative company Fastmount has won the top award for best business with revenue under $10m in the 2012 New Zealand International Business Awards, held in Auckland, New Zealand. The Awards celebrate business success in the world and recognises professional excellence and innovative practice with exceptional export success in international markets.
Seven years on, Fastmount has won 4 international innovation awards, is used by more than 1,000 boatyards in 50-plus countries, and boasts many of the world’s award winning Superyachts and top boatbuilders among its clientele.
Kiwi company Fastmount was established to meet the demanding requirements of the Superyacht sector. Director and boatbuilder Gregg Kelly saw the opportunity to develop a custom made solution and together Kelly and fellow director Ron Hanley designed the innovative Fastmount clip system, creating an entirely new category in the global marine industry.
The Fastmount concealed mounting system delivers a flawless finish and perfect alignment every time. Panels can be easily removed and refitted in any sequence time after time. Increasingly, Fastmount is seen as an enabling system by designers and interior fit-out companies around the world.
Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the Fastmount product range has expanded to offer 3 systems. Last year, Kelly and Hanley developed the Low Profile System. Launched at the 2011 Buildex NZ it was awarded product of the show.
The company’s vision to set the world standard for removable panel-mounting systems is fast being realised. The patented and EU design registered system is specifically designed to perform on land, sea and in the air; and ideal for industries and customers with demanding performance requirements.
Fellow director Ron Hanley says “We’re very proud the Fastmount solution has been embraced across the globe. Our design mantra is clever but practical thinking and we love it when customers say “I wish I'd thought of that – it’s such a clever, simple idea”.
The Fastmount footprint is kept to a minimum by having internet based systems. This also means the business can be operated from any location in the world enabling Fastmount to easily provide on-site support to their global distributors and clients with no business disruption.
Fastmount was established in 2004. Ninety five percent of their revenue is off shore. The company’s largest markets are in Europe. Kelly says, “Working closely with our international network of agents and distributors has been vital to our success. It’s all about teamwork”.
Fastmount has experienced steady growth despite the global downturn, working closely with their worldwide network of distributors and listening to their customers. There is plenty of potential globally with several innovations sparked from clients and distributors sharing a problem, and Fastmount moving swiftly to design the right solution. With Fastmount, there are endless applications – only limited by your imagination and commonsense
Graham Lodge, development manager for top-selling Sunseeker International Limited, says Fastmount has provided a complete solution in securing deckhead, ceiling, wall panels and even cockpit upholstery. “We use them throughout the entire Sunseeker range from our Sports Cruisers to the very latest Superyachts.”
Fastmount is the winner for best business with revenue less than $10m in the 2012 New Zealand International Business Awards.
The Awards programme is a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) initiative. NZTE is the New Zealand Government’s national economic development agency.